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Monday, August 13, 2018

2018 Fall Yoga Series, Pop Up Classes, & Regular scheduled Drop in Classes.

 Please check out my Yoga Facebook page Lauren Young Yoga for detailed information and links to registration, or e-mail me at: laurenyoungyoga@gmail.com

Such a busy fall coming up! The image below has most of my classes listed. There are my regular classes at the YMCA of Greater Nashua, a pop up donation based Yoga in the Park class called Family Flow at Benson Park - Hudson, NH, and Baby & Toddler Yoga series being offered at two different locations B.Well Studios, LLC & Inner Lotus Haven for Mind, Body, and Spirit!

I didn't even get to create any information about my Pelham Parks & Recreation, but the information will be out soon (it will still be Wednesdays at the Pelham Senior Center- we are trying to determine times). This year I'm offering T(w)een Yoga & Mindfulness for ages 11-16 and Kids Yoga & Mindfulness for ages 5-10. 

I've have pop up Family Yoga & Family Flow classes and in October I'll be starting an Adaptive Yoga & Mindfulness series & a Tween Yoga Series (ages 8-12) at BWell Studios in Merrimack, NH.
I'll be available for private classes in studios or at your home, as well as birthday parties and school & work events.

I'm super excited to offer all of these programs, but am a bit slow on getting all the information out. If you're interested in any of these classes and I don't have the details posted yet, please message me and I'll get you the information! This is taking way longer with a 1 year old than it did before I was a mama! I wouldn't change anything though!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Some Fall Class Offerings from Lauren Young Yoga!

Schedule Updates!


1) The Greater Nashua YMCA is near & dear to my heart. Did you know I attended Leaders Club at age 15 at the old Nashua location? Once I became old enough for a job, I started there as a Schools Out program counselor at 16! I worked at the Schools Out program through high school and left for college. I soon returned to finish collage locally, and started working back at the Schools out program. Now about 21 years later, I'm back at the Nashua YMCA (the new building is beautiful) as a Yoga Instructor for Adults, and Families (with a love for teaching Kids Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Gentle Yoga). With all of that being said... Adult Yoga on Mondays from 6:30-7:25 pm will continue (I also have some amazing news for my regular students- will be be upstairs in Studio C! No more competing music with the dance classes next door! I will also still be teaching Family Yoga (not sure the studio yet) on Sundays at 10:30-11:25 am. I believe that schedule starts 8/24, but I'll make sure to double check as the date gets closer.

2) I'm waiting on one more venue, with hopefully two more classes that will be offered (Pelham Parks & Recreation- Kids Yoga & Mindfulness (ages 5-10) & T(w)een Yoga & Mindfulness (ages 11-15), but until then- I'm sooooo excited to share with you SIX new classes being offered this fall!

3) There will also be Family Yoga & Family Flow Pop Up classes scheduled throughout the months to come, so be on the look out for those classes!


I have been working with a beautiful Dance & Wellness studio in Merrimack, NH called BWell Studios, LLC. They have a big space with a waiting area and access to lots of yoga props!
May I present- information on the first NEW classes being offered for the fall!

Lauren Young Yoga 2018 Calendar:
Baby & Me + Little Movers Yoga
Located at: BWell Studios, 416 Daniel Webster Hwy V
(around back), Merrimack, NH 03054
Register online at: BWell Studios





Not available Tuesday or closer to Londonderry, NH? Don't worry- I have you covered!
The descriptions listed above, are the same for the following classes.

Lauren Young Yoga 2018 Calendar: Baby & Me + Little Movers Yoga
Located at: Inner Lotus Haven, 3 Crosby Lane, Lower Level, Londonderry, NH 03053
Registration online at:TBD **will update as soon as I have payment processing set up*



These classes are offered a little bit later and are only a Four week series, unlike the rest (due to scheduling and holidays). Sunday is a wonderful day for yoga in Merrimack, NH!

Lauren Young Yoga 2018 Calendar:
Baby & Me + Little Movers Yoga
Located at: BWell Studios, 416 Daniel Webster Hwy V
(around back), Merrimack, NH 03054
Register online at: BWell Studios






Saturday, August 4, 2018

Final touches are being made to Lauren Young Yoga's 2018 Fall schedule! I can't wait to see some familiar faces soon!


Hopefully your yoga mat has been getting some use this summer!  If you've been too busy traveling or swimming, don't worry.  Yoga is coming back this Fall with more classes to choose from than ever before!

We are expanding to bring Yoga & Mindfulness for all ages and abilities to the following towns this fall: Nashua, NH, Merrimack, NH, Londonderry, NH, and Pelham, NH!

The variety of classes being offered is what I've been waiting to bring to this community!  I can't wait to share the completed schedule & locations with you, but for now- take a peek at the classes!
  • Baby & Me Yoga and Mindfulness (6 weeks old through crawling & their caregiver).
  • Toddler Yoga & Mindfulness (Moving through 24 months & their caregiver).
  • Kids Yoga & Mindfulness (ages 5-10 years old).
  • Tween Yoga & Mindfulness (ages 8-12 years old).
  • T(w)EEN Yoga & Mindfulness (ages 11-16 years old).
  • Family Yoga (all ages, lessons created for 3-7 year old & their caregiver).
  • Family Flow (ages 6+ that wants to practice adult yoga & their caregiver).
  • Adapted Yoga (teens & adults who want a practice adapted and accessible to their needs).
  • Adult Yoga (at the Nashua YMCA- ages 13+, Hatha styled yoga with emphasis on the breath and a focus on staying grounded in our body and mind).

Friday, June 1, 2018

Lauren's Summer Yoga Teaching Plans & Schedule


When deciding to teach yoga, I knew that my first priority would be my family (If I was fortunate enough to finally have a child).  Last summer I had my beautiful little boy Benjamin.  I spent the summer recovering from my cesarean section and figuring out how to care for a newborn!  This summer my little one will be 1!  He's changing every day and learning so much! 

I decided to cut back on my scheduled classes this summer so I can spend time with this little love. I also plan to revamp my Kids Yoga, 6 week series program to include more Mindfulness.  If I have time, I'd love to put together a few yoga workshops that I can hopefully offer in the fall/winter of this year!

  • My Kids Yoga series through Pelham Parks & Recreation ends this coming Wednesday 6/6/16!  I'll start back up with new and improved lessons after school has begun!
  • Family Yoga at the Nashua YMCA will run until 6/24/18 and I will return back after the summer session ends!
  •  I will still be teaching my Adult Yoga Monday night class at 6:30 pm at the Nashua YMCA as well as substitute teaching yoga at the Nashua YMCA and Banyan Tree Yoga in Nashua. 
  • I will be available for Private Yoga sessions or Birthday Parties that you can schedule with me directly.  
  •  I will hopefully also offer some Kids/Family Yoga Pop Up classes at times throughout the summer months.   
  • I will continue to be available to teach specialty classes such as: Meditation for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, Relaxation for Smoking Cessation Programs, and Yoga & Mindfulness classes for Summer Schools & Camps. 
Enjoy your summer!  Please reach out with any questions at: laurenyoungyoga@gmail.com 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Benefits of Baby & Toddler Yoga

I completed my Baby & Toddler Yoga Teacher training program through ChildLight Yoga in April 2017.  I was a little over 7 months pregnant, but still able to move and absorb all that was taught!

For those of you that don't know- I took my first Child Yoga Teacher Training through ChildLight Yoga in January 2016 and fell in love!  I knew this is what I wanted to do going forward- teach kids and special populations yoga! ChildLight Yoga is a Registered Yoga School through Yoga Alliance and they have a Registered Child Yoga Teacher (RCYT-95 hours) program.  In order to get the recognition of a RCYT-95, you first needed to become or have already been a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200 hours).  I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program through Yoga NH in December 2016- almost one year from the time I wanted to become a Kids Yoga Teacher!

So long story longer- in order to be eligible for the RCYT-95 hour program, you have to complete a written exam and teach multiple community classes (with evaluations completed by attendees) for the area of the course you've taken.  I'm FINALLY teaching my Baby & Toddler Yoga community classes tomorrow! I'm so excited to teach these classes to my community and share my love of Baby and Toddler Yoga!

I wanted to share the Benefits of Baby & Toddler Yoga from the manual from ChildLight Yoga to my group tomorrow!  I figured- why not share the love and maybe get another family excited about the benefits of Baby & Toddler yoga!


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Kids & Family Yoga Playlist on Spotify

Do you use Spotify? This is the Family Yoga playlist I use in a lot of my Family and Kids Yoga (with the younger group) classes!  I don't usually play the songs back to back, but skip around depending on what is needed from my lesson plan!

If you've been to one of my classes before, I bet you'll recognize a few of these!


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Kids Yoga Props Props Props (and what a Kids & Family Yoga class may look like)!

 Different methodologies for teaching Yoga for Kids/ Behaviors you may Witness 
If you've ever attended a Toddler, Child, or Family Yoga class- you've probably noticed the difference in these classes from a regular adult yoga class. I'm a previous post, I've talked about the physical and emotional benefits of Kids Yoga. This post I'm just going to talk about what a class looks like and how fun it can be!

First there are usually two basic ways a trained Kids Yoga teacher teaches. Some are trained in the method of story telling and practicing yoga along with a story- verbally or with a book. The other way is through songs, games, and partner poses. I teach this way, so you'll hear lots of singing, music over the stereo, games, conversations, and practicing yoga with partners. 

The class is usually pretty loud.  Tantrums may happen (and that's 100% okay). Your children may refuse to participate and sit against the wall and pout (I can promise they are still listening and will probably do the whole yoga routine once you get home). They may be completely engaged and do things you may not have thought possible!  It's all okay!

Kids Yoga is all about sharing these games, songs, and poses to teach yoga, but it's also about: communication, building relationships, spending time together with friends and loved ones, and just trying something new.  I've heard from many parents after class that they felt embarrassed that their child was crying or rolling around on the floor.  Don't be!  I know it might feel strange, but we've all been there (well my baby is 8 months, so I'll be there soon).  The very young kiddos are observing and learning- so before you know it, they'll be participating just like some of the older kids!

So below is a brief description of what one of my Toddler, Kid, and Family classes may look like.  Baby yoga is a bit different.  The focus is on the baby and bonding with the caregiver.  We do gentle movements and songs that help promote development.  Teen Yoga is more like adult yoga, except we don't have to be silent.  We practice at a faster pace learning more vinyasa flow poses, but we allow and encourage conversation.  We may discuss issues facing teenagers like body image, self-esteem, patience, communication, nutrition, and stress management.

A brief description of Toddler, Kid, and Family Yoga class by Lauren Young Yoga.

The first thing you will do is take off your shoes (we don't want anyone getting kicked with a sneaker) and if the floor is slippery- maybe your socks too.  When entering my class, you'll probably hear the latest KIDZ BOP album playing if the age group is elementary age.  If I'm teaching Toddler you'll hear more little kid friendly tunes.  The teacher should be very flexible- a lot of the time, especially in Family Yoga, we aren't sure of the age range until the kiddos are right in front of us.
You may walk in and see yoga blocks and bolsters all over the floor to allow the kiddos to have some free play before class.  This isn't possible unless of course you are attending a class in a Yoga Studio.  Otherwise they'll have the music to dance to!

If the class is not HUGE and the space works, we'll set our mats up in a circle so we can all face each other while we practice (I started using a circular mandala tapestry to assist everyone in forming their circle- you wouldn't believe how hard it can be for kids to figure out how to make a circle with their mat). 

We settle onto our mat and usually start with centering, which is just settling into the room and on our mat.  I go over the sequence of the class (I make sure to leave out super exciting things like the parachute so the kids can enjoy the class instead of waiting for the parachute to come out).  I typically go over behavior expectations and let the parents know it's okay if the child won't participate or if the child isn't doing the pose perfectly. The goal is to have fun and bond!



Next we move onto the breath.  In Kids Yoga there are all kinds of fun regulated breathing techniques that are taught!  Some that I can think of right now are: elevator breath, lions breath, balloon breath, hot chocolate breath, alternate nostril breathing.  We also do things like blow pom poms around, blow pinwheels and use props like scarves to watch it dance from our breath.  Check out photos of some of the props we use for breathing and a live action photo of students using balloon breath with the sphere and pom pom breathing races (everyone wins too)!
 



Warming up our body is next.  We usually will do gentle warm ups by using a song or soft music.  A great Warm Up is a Sun Salutation, which we also do in adult yoga class.  There is a really fun song by Kira Willey called Dance For the Sun, that helps the littles enjoy this exercise by using lyrics like "Reach up high- wave to the sun (upward salute).  Hang down low- tickle your toes (forward fold). "  I posted the video at the end of this post!  The rest of her songs are so great as well!

Next is different poses.  A great way to teach them is to use a visual yoga card deck.  I love the kind from Yoga Ed. called, Yoga Pretzels.  After we learn some poses we usually put them to use in a game (a fan favorite is musical mats) and then some partner poses!  We end with a short "relaxation" using magic mist (a blend of lavender essential oil and water) to spray over everyone.  We listen to a short visualization or a kid friendly song to help us relax. 










Lastly I ring the bell for us all to come together and say goodbye.  We bring our hands together in peace hands at our heart, take a deep breath in and let it out, then we say the "Namaste" which means a few different things.  It could mean: Hello, Goodbye, Thank you, You're welcome, and the good in me recognizes the good in you- or the light in me, recognizes the light in you. 

Thank you for reading!  Please reach out for any questions!  Namaste.